Have a Kenmore gas grill (415.162140) that I purchased in '04. Used it regularly, but not exactly frequently (it took me 3 years to go thru 1 tank of propane). Worked great until last summer when my local woodland creatures chewed a hole in the gas line leading to the side burner.
The replacement part for the valve and regulator assembly, which includes the hoses (part #4524195) has been discontinued. No replacement or alternate part has been specified by Kenmore that I can find. No standardized replacement regulators and hoses that I've seen in the stores look useful, since the hoses on the Kenmore part are permanantly clamped onto the regular and valves instead of screwed on.
So my question is - is there anything I can do to fix this grill, or is it toast? I considered duct tape, but figured it wasn't safe. (just kidding!) Thanks.
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Re: Replacing hoses and regulator on gas grill
I work for a propane co. I get many customers that bring in their melted or leaking bbq grill hoses and regs. Bring the bad hose/reg to your local propane gas co and see if they can make a custom hose for you. You may have to buy a new regulator to use it with the new hose, but that's better than buying a new grill. Call around first and see which ones can do it. You'll eventually find someone that can fix you up.
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check regulator to see that the rubber seal in the tank coupling is still good if this has perished or fallen out this maybe the cause of gas at this point. best purchase a new regulator if it seems faulty, this part is your life saver, and after 8 years good service could well need replacement.
Sean, It sounds like a gas pressure problem, that may be easy to resolve.
1. Turn the gas tank valve OFF
2. Disconnect the hose from the tank and wait five minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, reconnect the hose to the tank and open the tank valve VERY, VERY SLOWLY (Slow Motion, slow).
4. Once the valve is fully open, light the burner farthest from the tank first and turn it to HIGH. Does the Flame height look correct? If so, light the remaining burners the exact same way. Now, did all the remaining burners light and the flame heights look normal? If so, you solved the problem. Remember, always turn the tank valve ON Very, Very Slowly.
If that did not solve the problem, you will need to replace the grill's Hose/Regulator assembly. You can purchase one for about $30,00 from any home improvement center or hardware store that sells gas grills and accessories. Take your old one with you for comparison purposes.
Hope the helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know and Happy Grilling!!
Short of carefully using a pipe wrench, there's not much else you can do. Make sure the tank valve is fully OFF, before attempting removal. Once it's disconnected, you will need to purchase a new Hose/Regulator Assembly. They are not expensive and can be purchased at any home center or hardware store that sells gas grills and accessories. Take the old one with you for comparison purposes.
The regulator is part of the Regulator/Hose Assembly. You won't be able to separate the regulator from the hose. You have to remove the whole assembly by turning the coupling connection at the grill head counterclockwise. I assume you won't to replace the regulator. If that's the case, you will have to purchase the whole regulator/hose assembly.They are not expensive and can be found at any home center or hardware store that sells gas grills and accessories. Take your old one with you for comparison.
I had the same problem years ago with an old charbroil and ended up fixing by replacing the threaded female gas connector on the regulator with one of the old style male inside threaded type. This is the connector that connects the hose/regulator to the propane tank.
Low flame, low temperature, yellow flame: This has become the biggest problem with many grills these days and it's almost always because of the regulator (the funny UFO shaped thing on the gas hose). Regulators seem to be stickier these days and when they stick you don't get enough gas to generate a good grilling temperature. To get your regulator unstuck you need to release the pressure on it. Follow these steps exactly:
Turn off the gas at the propane tank
Disconnect the gas line from the tank
Open the grill lid
Turn all control valves to high
Wait for about a minute
Turn all control valves to off
Reconnect the gas line to the tank
SLOWLY turn on the gas at the tank
Light the grill normally
Your grill should now heat normally
To keep the regulator from sticking again make sure that you turn off the control valves first, then turn off the tank valve. Always open your tank valve slowly.
If this doesn't work give it a second try. If you still have low flame then you probably have a faulty regulator that will need to be replaced.